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Mobile Lab : Any Questions?


Published 1974
Topics science!


Describes the curriculum of a mobile science laboratory traveling from high school to high school in Washington, DC. Shows how the program demonstrates that science is relevant to urban living.


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Run time 8:00
Production Company Audio Productions
Sponsor National Science Foundation
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: MetroBase - - January 4, 2010
Subject: "OK, and this applies..." or Do I care in the Ghetto, "give us bread"
or "Soul brother number nine, Sock it to me one more time"

This sweet piece of propaganda tried to hide its real intent. Of all the real needs of this 1970's African american DC slums. This is the best they came up with. The DC slums like most of the slums at the time were hell!. DC was suffering the aftermath of the civil right's riot. High crime, unemployment and poverty rate were sky high. Drug addiction and alcoholism were the norm. Families fragmented and high school dropout was expected. (I know I was there at the time, it was hellish!). So I'm to be impressed by da mans "black puppets in white lab coats". Pity, by the 80's most of these kids went on to do hard time. Crack hoes and Gangsta rap filled the air of DC. (I know I was there at the time, it was hellish!).

Where was the Mobile Lab then? Did, what you presented back in the 1970's effect change in this DC slum.

No, I didn't think so!!!!
Reviewer: Spuzz - - February 3, 2006
Subject: Next Experiment: How many Afros can you fit into a room at once?
Fun film because it actually reminds me of Science Fairs that I used to LOVE going to when I was in High School. You know, you go from exhibit to exhibit, wondering what you were going to find next. Well here, they have something called a Mobile Science Lab, and there¡¯s about 4 different sections in this lab that these students could go to. Mathematics seemed to be the most boring, and chemistry looked to be the most fun! (eg ¡°Does your house have lead paint?¡±) Now add to this that these students are mostly all 70¡¯s black kids from Washington DC, and it just adds to the fun. Some of the kids look bored out of their minds. But you can hardly tell because you can hardly see them through the massive afros that they have. Ha!
Reviewer: dynayellow - - November 16, 2005
Subject: Now let's test the poison in your drinking water
Interesting short about how science education in 1970's Washington, DC schools was supplemented by a travelling science lab. The students were shown how science was relevant to their lives, both through asking questions ("Why is water cloudy when you first turn on the tap") and by showing how it can affect them: testing paint chips from their houses for lead, showing how sulfuric acid (as a pollutant) affected plants, and testing water from local rivers for pollution. Focus on enouraging an interest in science, and science careers to inner-city youth.
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